Yesterday's News for September 2002

Yesterday's News for September 2002

35 years ago in 1967

•A giant celebration parade was held September 9 as part of the Ogden Sesquicentennial, Spencerport Centennial celebration. A week full of activities including an art show, antique show, tours of historic homes and Centennial Ball Dance were held September 5 through 10.

•Ogden Town Councilman Ronald J. Starkweather asked State Senator Thomas Laverne is a public letter to speed up the construction of the Spencerport Expressway, saying the area couldn’t wait five to ten years for the roadway.

•The Churchville Chamber of Commerce Physician’s Committee announced it was successful in obtaining Dr. Vibert Mahanger as a physician to serve the area. Mahanger planned to reside on Park Road in Churchville and conduct his practice from his home.

•Case-Hoyt Corporation announced it would invest almost $2 million to build and equip a new plant on 150 acres of farmland in the Town of Chili. The new facility was to house a web offset press capable of printing five colors on both sides of one mile of paper every five minutes – the only press of its kind in Rochester.

•The United States Government presented the first installment of a promised $246,000 for Black Creek Park, a county park in Chili. Funds were also presented for further development of Mendon Ponds Park and Churchville Park.

30 years ago in 1972

•Gary and Susan VanCola of Childs were running the Black North Aquazeum, one of the largest privately owned fish museums in the country, housing more than 1,000 fish of 400 salt water and 100 fresh water varieties. The couple was also publishing “The Salt Water News,” a monthly marine newsletter.

•Wegmans Supermarket on Lyell Avenue held its first Fabric Fashion Show. More than 30 home sewn outfits made of Wegmans Fashion Fabrics material, notions and patterns were featured.

•Three cars of a freight train were derailed on the Utica Street overpass in Brockport, bringing to halt all Penn Central operations on the section of railroad. No injuries were reported.

•The Spencerport Rams, the first ever little league football team in Spencerport, kicked off their inaugural season in the Vince Lombardi Football League.

•It seemed as though long talked about plans for a rail rapid transit line in Monroe County were a little closer to becoming reality. A north-south line between Riverton and downtown Rochester was in the planning stages for hopeful completion by fall of 1973. The project would have cost $106 million.

•The Churchville Fire Department dedicated their new quarters to the memory of their firefighters.

25 years ago in 1977

•More than 3,000 people attended the Four Freedoms Festival in Parma in celebration of New York State’s Bicentennial. There were exhibits on local and state history, crafts, farmer’s market and an art show.

•Ogden Baptist Church opened Ogden Community Christian Preschool, the area’s first ecumenical Christian preschool for three and four year-olds.

•“One of the fastest rising young comedians in the business,” Steve Martin, performed in Rochester on September 20. Appearing with Martin was singer John Sebastian, whose hit single “Welcome Back” was the theme for TV’s “Welcome Back Kotter.”

•Because of declining enrollment (down 40% since 1968), the Spencerport Board of Education was considering closing Spencerport Elementary School.

•The Department of Motor Vehicles was accepting applications for personalized license plates with up to six numbers or letters. The new “vanity plates” cost an extra $15, and were made possible by a law signed by Governor Carey in August. State revenues were expected to increase by $2 million annually because of the plates.

20 years ago in 1982

•It took only a matter of hours for wrecking crews to demolish the Spencerport Village Diner which was destroyed by fire in July. The demolition had been delayed by an insurance investigation.

•A cooperative effort between the Town of Ogden and Spencerport Central Schools resulted in a Health and Fitness Trail, open to all, and partially funded by a federal grant, located on school property adjacent to the Cosgrove and Wilson buildings. The trail was the first part of a planned project that would include an ice skating rink, play area at Cosgrove, athletic fields and more.

•Mark Twain Himself!, really former congressional staff member William McLinn, came to Churchville-Chili Junior High to speak on “Issues of the Eighties” and the absurd characteristics of the human race.

15 years ago in 1987

•Spencerport School began the school year with several new administrators. Bonnie Seaburn was appointed by the Board of Education to succeed Matt Natalie as principal of Munn Elementary School. Barbara Jones and Maureen Gillick began as assistant principals at Wilson High School. Terry Hedges and Edward Przybycien took over as assistant principal and principal of Cosgrove Junior High.

•The Northwest Family Branch of the YMCA kicked off a special fundraising campaign with a goal of $250,000 to rebuild the fire-damaged facility on Long Pond Road in Greece.

•A ceremony was held September 27 to dedicate Fraser Drive in Hilton after the Fraser families who were civic leaders instrumental in the early growth and development of the village.

•Local doctor Richard L. Boughter retired from his 30 year medical practice in Spencerport. He said paperwork contributed greatly to his decision. “The paperwork, insurance forms, record keeping – it got mind-boggling. The patient today has almost become secondary to all that, and that scared me,” he stated.

•There was a lot of “Dirty Dancing” going on at Hoyt’s Cine 8 in Greece.

10 years ago in 1992

•Former Brockport Police Chief Christian Schrank began his new position as Ogden Police Chief on September 14, taking over the position vacated by Merritt Rahn, who left in July to accept a position as Greece Public Safety Commissioner.

•After battling cancer for three years, 18 year-old Mark Zagata of Brockport, died of the disease. At age 16, Zagata lost a leg to cancer, but returned to play high school football using a prosthesis. He was an All-County defensive lineman for Brockport in 1990. He had been hoping to study pre-med at SUNY Brockport, but had to drop out when tumors were found in his lungs.

•Byron-Bergen students returned to a new middle school. Built as an addition onto the high school, the new middle school for grades five through eight had its own gym, library and office so students would be isolated from the high school students. An official dedication was planned for October 11.

•St. John the Evangelist Church in Spencerport celebrated its 125th Anniversary with an evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment.

5 years ago in 1997

•A new scoreboard was lit for the first time at an Ogden Bears Pep Rally on September 6. The scoreboard project was the result of efforts by Spencerport Lions, Ogden Bears and community members.

•Eleven guest speakers and a bus caravan helped open Commencement Drive, the new campus access road linking SUNY Brockport and Brockport Central Schools to Fourth Section Road.

•Chris Bourne took over as Brockport Central School District athletic director, replacing Doug Westcott who retired after 25 years with the district.

•Ogden Zoning Board denied a request by Gary Inzana for a use variance to build a senior citizen housing project near the corner of Big Ridge Road and Union Street.

•The Village of Brockport made a decision to trap stray cats in the village, setting off a wave of protests.

•Brockport Middle School was rededicated on September 28.

1 year ago in 2001

•Local communities and residents reached out in support of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania. Flags were flying across the area as vigils, rallies, blood drives and fundraisers dominated local events. More than 300 people attended a candlelight vigil at the Hilton Gazebo. Local emergency service and law enforcement personnel volunteered time on September 20 to “Pass the Boot” as part of a county-wide effort to raise funds for the families of emergency service workers lost at the World Trade Center. Boy scouts held a rally for patriotism at Frontier Field. Members of St. John Lutheran Church in Hamlin hosted the “Lift Up America! Ham Dinner” with proceeds going to relief efforts. Seven members of Spencerport Ambulance covered two 12 hour shifts working near Ground Zero.

•A Grand Opening was held for the newly expanded Pearce Memorial Church in North Chili. The 38,000 square foot expansion was handicapped accessible and included new classrooms and a Family Life Center for athletic activities.

•The Town of Murray was awarded a $775,000 low-interest loan under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program. The town decided to use the funds for a new Town Hall.

•Residents of Ballard Avenue in Spencerport were upset about a plan by Home Pride Builders to construct five homes on a one-and-one-half acre lot owned by Citizens Communications at the end of the dead end road.

•A groundbreaking ceremony was held September 28 at the Hamlin Town Hall to kick off the renovation of a recreation storage building into a new town justice court.

•Special Olympics of Monroe County named Churchville native Linda Burlingame and her family “Family of the Year” for her 22 years of involvement in Special Olympics and providing foster care.

•Spencerport resident and prominent local writer Paul Humphrey died on September 28 at age 86. He was a frequent contributor to the Suburban News and Hamlin Clarkson Herald. His works, known as “The Lighter Touch,” had appeared in the Westside News publications since the mid-1980s.